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Electric Eel

Published 1954

Irwin Moon shows us the electric eel and demonstrates its amazing abilities to shock fish for food and to use "radar" to find the fish.

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Run time 11:58
Production Company Moody Institute of Science
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2016
Subject: Wait...They Knew This 60 Years Ago?
So why hasn't anybody interested in putting coal mines out of business come up with using electric eel farms? Nantucket, Mah-thah's Vinyid would be a good place to stahht.
Reviewer: melanie3 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 27, 2011
Subject: Man's wisdom is foolishness to GOd :)
These Moody Science videos are great. Not too long, not boring and effective as well as telling the truth about creation and how intelligent it is.
Reviewer: loxo - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2007
Subject: opinions are like...
i wonder how long before scientists are able to recreate the electric eel's unique ability. organic power cells! also, I don't see the point in arguing over creationism and science. why not be content to adhere to your own personal beliefs, and leave others to theirs? because the truth of the matter is none of you know exactly why or how you or anything else wound up here to begin with. there are much more important things for us to divide against each other over.
Reviewer: manovgod - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 2, 2007
Subject: Awesome creature!!!!!
This creature is truely remarkable. Here is a "living battery" that can recharge itself continuously, seek out prey at the speed of light, replicate itself and defend itself with
a lethal charge. It doesn't require the burning of fossil fuels or enriched uranium pellets to generate it's 500 or so volts! Man's best efforts at producing energy are flawed when we consider Chernobyl and Three Mile Island. Look at the pollution they left us with. This is man's way of doing things. That's not all....
How is it that man is capable of being so incredibly foolish by believing that life on this planet evolved from nothing? It that scientific reasoning: that you get something from nothing? How absurd! The complexity of an electric eel should make a believer out of anyone with half a brain, however pride, ignorance and peer pressure won't allow it. Thank you Dr. Moon. I applaude your efforts!
Reviewer: Juan Schwarz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 26, 2006
Subject: Nice film, throughly enjoyable
I really liked this film, after having known really "interesting" educational films from the 60s and 70s it's nice to see a film which is made quite interestingly, even with synchronous dialogue... something none of my few educational films from Germany have.

The film itself is quite enlighting (no pun intended :D), since it shows in a (in my opinion) rather interesting view of this animal. I liked the "shocking-people-idea"... truly a mad scientist :D. Really great...
Reviewer: Leslie9691 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2006
Subject: An excellent film!
I thoroughly enjoy ALL of the Moody Institute of Science films. It is refreshing to see a man with faith in God inspiring people with the Divine miracles of this earth and its creations. I'm proud of Dr. Moon and his efforts to be a lone voice in this cynical, disbelieving world that there IS a God--deny it or not, He does exist. Dr. Moon is professional, sincere, and courageous. He devoted his life to teaching true science, without monetary reward or fame--in fact, he exposed himself to ridicule and cutting remarks because he was working for a higher cause. I love these films, and they truly inspired me with a love of God and all creations of this earth. Thank you, Moody Institute of Science.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 5, 2006
Subject: Screw this Voice of God business, I AM GOD!
Very amusing short doled out by the Moody institute about the Electric Eel. The reason I found this amusing is because if you look at it, our host seems to be going through a God-like complex here when talking about the eel. He takes it out of the water, blocks itâÃÂÃÂs sonar defenses to acquire food, shocks volunteers (or, as Christine brilliantly stated, Innocent Creationists) with currents coming out of the Electric Eel. This is a lot of fun. Irwin Moon is this close to being psychotic. I just love the guy.
Reviewer: Christine Hennig - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 21, 2006
Subject: You're Mad, MAD, I Tell You!!
OK, folks. You think mad scientists donÃÂÃÂt exist? Check out the guy in this film. Oh, heÃÂÃÂs not building monsters out of spare body parts or experimenting with hideous mutations. That would be too obvious. No, real mad science is an attitude, a frame of mind. Check out the look on his face when he fingers the machete or gives a nasty shock from the eel to a group of unsuspecting, innocent creationists. Now do you believe me? IÃÂÃÂd report his hideous experiments to the police, but that would get me killed. Besides, heÃÂÃÂs in a Christian film, so that makes everything he does morally justifiable. At least he doesnÃÂÃÂt believe in that evil evolution stuff.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: *****. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: Wilford B. Wolf - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 18, 2005
Subject: I feel eel or Whaddya know, Eel Joe?
Another of the Moody Institute science films, this one having the least religious content, with only a very brief mention of God at the very end.

The film focuses on the physiology of the electic eel, as Irwin notes, is not truly an eel, but part of the carp family. The film is clearly aimed at a more general audience, with the use of very non-technical terms; for example, the electrical impulses that the eel sends out is called "radar". Bizarrely, the eel is given the name of "Joe". However, there is still some interesting, if dated information, on how the eel is able to produce the legendary 500 volts and what it is used for, primarily for stunning its prey. There is still something disconcerting, though, when Irwin cheerfully talks about Brazillian ranchers chopping and killing electric eels with insulated machetes.

The film also has the necessary theatrics. Electrodes are hooked up to the eel to light neon lamps, and 5 people in parallel are shocked by the eel. But like many of the other Moody films, there is a spontaneous feeling to demonstration segments that make them more interesting, a sharp contrast to the more typical science film of the period.
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